Iowa vs Boston College 5:15 PM ESPN
New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Location: Yankee Stadium (home of the first ever season long 2018 Home Run Derby)
- The Hawkeyes and Golden Eagles travel to the Big Apple to take in the sights and sounds. Iowa posted a 7-5 record which was good for third place in the Big Ten West division. The Hawkeyes pulled off what was the most shocking upset of the year by beating Ohio State 55-24. BC had a twin 7-5 record to go along with Iowa which, you guessed it, was good for third place in the ACC Atlantic. Expect this one to be played at a brisk pace as well. BC DE Harold Landry is out of this game due to injury.
Iowa prospects to watch
1. Josh Jackson 6'1 192 CB RS Junior
- Jackson is one of the premier cornerbacks in the entire nation. A big time playmaker with seven interceptions and three that came via Ohio State's J.T. Barrett. He is, simply put, a feared ball hawk in the infamously stingy Hawkeyes secondary. He has made former teammate Desmond King irrelevant and fake news. Has enough athleticism to keep up with faster receivers.
2. Josey Jewell 6'1 236 ILB RS Senior
- Jewell is one of the more underrated linebackers that hardly anyone talks about when they bring up prospects. He's a tackling machine that has monster production so it fits the J-Rob mold of recent draft picks. Underrated athlete and is very technically sound. It seems like he's the one making all the tackles for Iowa.
Texas vs. Missouri 9 PM ESPN
Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl
Location: NRG Stadium Houston, TX
- These two former Big 12 buddies match wits once more in the Lone Star State. Texas is severely disadvantaged has eight players are suspended or out with injury against a powerful Mizzou offense. The Longhorns had a 6-6 year, which was good for fourth in the Big 12. The first year of the Tom Herman era wasn't a total loss as they were in a lot of games that they shouldn't have been. Mizzou put up a 7-5 record in 2017, good for a third place finish in the woeful SEC East division. Missouri has a ton of offense as does of Texas. #TexasBowlAfterDark?
Texas prospects to watch
1. Poona Ford 5'11 303 DT Senior
- Ford has been the impact player that the Horns have relied upon.. He really has come into his own this year under the stewardship of DC Todd Orlando. Ford is a monster to deal with despite his less than ideal measurements. 5'11 is a little on the short side for defensive tackles but it is manageable. Motor is constantly running. It can be argued that he is the third best defensive tackle in the entire class. He's that good.
2. Malik Jefferson 6'3 240 LB Junior
- Jefferson has improved a lot in 2017 but has flashed a lot of the same inconsistencies that have plagued his career. He’s a terrific athlete that is miscast as an inside linebacker. It is a game time decision on his playing status for the bowl game due to injury.
3. Collin Johnson 6'5 220 WR Sophomore
- Johnson could be a guy to keep an eye on if he ever can stay consistent and Texas finally stabilizes itself at Quarterback. He has very good size but not so good hands. Will be relied upon heavily in the bowl game as the other receivers are not good.
4. Sam Ehlinger 6'2 230 QB True Freshman
- Yeah I know what everyone is going to say about me putting a freshman on this list. Of all the Texas games I've watched, he really stood out. Yeah he had some stupid bonehead true frosh moments but overall, he proved that he has what it takes to be successful. A true dual threat QB that can handle the punishment. If he stays healthy, he could be a hot name to watch in the 2020 draft.
Missouri prospect to watch
1. Drew Lock 6'3 225 QB Junior
- Lock is among the best junior QB prospects in the country. He set the single season passing TD record in the SEC this year. Has enough arm talent to make all the throws but is really inconsistent in terms of accuracy. Basically Jake Locker with less athleticism.
Bonus game to watch
Arizona vs Purdue 8:30 PM Fox
Foster Farms Bowl
- Star QB Khalil Tate against a fun Purdue team? Yes, please.